Good morning crafty beings! We are focusing on looking back over techniques and products we explored in 2015 for this month, so I decided to play with some of Lisa's Floral Collage Stamps. I really like the designs as they feature both the 'negative' and 'positive' images of the flowers, giving you extra techniques to play with...
I used a 7x7 card blank, opened it out and stamped the large stylised poppy stamp from the 'Poppy Elements' Imagination Crafts set on both sides of the card front (masking off the back of the card to protect it.) The images were stamped using Onyx Black Versafine ink and then embossed with Wow Clear Detail powder.
Next, to make a central topper element, I took a piece of Super Smooth White Card and cut to 9x12cm. I stamped the same poppy element and embossed as before. Then, choosing three colours of Versacolor Ink Pad, I used the complete 'filled in' stamp for each element and stamped over the top of the original outline. I deliberately stamped off to one side slightly, so as to add to the 'sketchy' effect the stamps afford. You can stamp it perfectly if you like: it is up to you! I also used the little 'bubble' stamps you get within the set to stamp randomly around the flower using my same three chosen colours.
Next step was to try and bring the card and the colours all together. I decided to continue the coloured 'bubble' stamp effect out onto the main card stock. I left the flowers plain though, so as to differentiate the main panel. I wanted to use a liner script stamp along the top, (this was a Clarity one) so I made a pencil mark at the lowest point I could go to (to make sure I did not obscure any of it with my main topper element). I then stamped the script using the same Versacolor Ink Pad colours and embossed (I stamped the far right and far left first and then centred the middle one for ease of placement!). At the last minute I realised my topper looked a bit odd not being 'grounded' at the base, so I stamped the bottom section of the poppy stamp again (doh!)
Final result, with the added topper, some matting and layering and I think it came together quite nicely in the end. Quite simple I suppose, but sometimes it's nice to try something different!
These stamps are handy to have in your stash; there are a few different ones in the Floral Collage Collection and they all allow you to have fun with inks and stamping effects... Look back to our posts from last February for some more ideas!
See you next week,
Thank you for reading!